Characters / Child Of The Storm X Men

This page lists tropes associated with the X-Men and their associates in Child of the Storm, if they aren't listed elsewhere.

See the character page for links to the pages of other groups of characters in the story here.

Beware: Spoilers for Child of the Storm are unmarked.

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     In General 

The main alternate heroic super-team to the Avengers, and the oldest, with various iterations dating back 1962.

     Charles Xavier 

Charles Xavier a.k.a. Professor Xavier

If she is hurt because of this, if any of my students or staff are hurt... then even you will not be able to hide from me.

The most powerful Telepath on Earth and Big Good of the currently secret mutant community. Also godfather to Tony Stark and very plugged in to the nascent superhero community. Grandfatherly and kind, he likes helping people but equally, is not to be underestimated. Currently keeping secrets from both Tony and Harry, something which he does not enjoy doing. He has recently revealed to Harry that Jean is Harry's cousin, and given his reasons for this.



  • Badass Boast: in chapter 75, he gives one in the form of a Papa Wolf warning to Doctor Strange.
    If she is hurt because of this, if any of my students or staff are hurt... then even you will not be able to hide from me.
  • Badass Grandpa: He's well into his seventies, undisclosed deaging incident notwithstanding, and it's only refined his badassery, as he demonstrates in chapter 76 when he mows down demons by the thousand with his telepathy.
  • Badass Teacher: Is implied to have destroyed Weapon X when they came after Wolverine and demonstrates his combat skills in the finale of Book I. He is also a teacher of many badasses, including, in the case of Sean, a Badass Teacher or two. In any case, he impresses Odin, which says all that needs to be said.
  • Bald of Awesome: Very bald - though he wasn't always - and very awesome.
  • Chrome Dome Psi: As usual.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Snarks at Sebastian Shaw II and, emphasising the deadpan part, at Jean's belief that there's nothing whatsoever between her and Scott.
  • A Father to His Men: As the folder quote demonstrates, he takes it to Papa Wolf extents when required.
  • The Fettered: Is devoted to his students and his dream, and has incredible willpower, which helps him prevent himself from becoming another Magneto.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He is usually as sweet as they come, a total Nice Guy. However, as Betsy remarks, you do not want to make him angry, or he will show you exactly why he's considered one of the most powerful psychics in history.
  • I Am Having Soul Pains: Thanks to the fact that he was using Cerebro at the time, he's worst hit by the wave of dark magic that Gravemoss unleashes, which puts him into a coma and very nearly kills him.
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: Is not happy in the slightest about having to keep Harry and Jean apart (due to a predestination paradox) and seems rather relieved when he finally gets to tell Harry. Nor does he seem particularly pleased that he can't tell Tony the truth about his mother.
  • Mind over Manners: Is absolutely scrupulous about this and teaches his students to be this way. Judging by Betsy, though, he's aware of the grey areas.
  • Nice Guy: The man quite obviously wants to help people in any way he can.
  • Papa Wolf: see Badass Boast. Do not threaten his students or his school, or he will make you regret it.
  • Psychic Powers: The most powerful telepath on Earth, though he indicates that Jean will one day take this crown. In the meantime, with the aid of Cerebro and a little guiding from Loki, he managed to get in telepathic contact with Odin.
    • Chapter 75 establishes that Jean and Harry both, in fact, have already got more raw power than he does. Knowledge, on the other hand, is power, more so with telepathy than most disciplines and he's shown telepathically mowing down demons by the thousand.
  • Secret Keeper: For more than a few people, but most particularly for the mysterious 'Angel of Cuba'.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averts this, having managed to help Harry Dresden with his (ironic) pyrophobia and helped Harry work through an issue or two. Ironically, he seems to be the only therapist, with pretty much everyone directed to him. This is Lampshaded repeatedly, before the explanation that he's not the only one, but he is by far the best.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: Why he couldn't tell Harry or Jean that they were related.

     Magneto 

See his entry under Other Heroes and Allies

     The First Class 

The First Class of X-Men, formed in 1962 to fight the Hellfire Club during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Most of them have left the Institute and had lives and families of their own, though they stay in contact with their mentor.

Tropes about the First Class

  • Arch-Enemy: The Hellfire Club, who they universally despise.
  • Badass Grandpa/Never Mess with Granny: All the members have grown seriously powerful over the years.
  • Badass Teacher: Most of them have dabbled in teaching at some point or another.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Mystique and Magneto, though the latter pulled a Heel–Face Turn later on.
  • In Harm's Way: Hank observes that most of the team wound up seeking out new dangerous experiences after the team broke up.
  • Noodle Incident: No one's entirely sure exactly what happened during the battle off Cuba, other than that it involved Namor, a tidal wave, and the mysterious 'Angel of Cuba,' who fought Namor in the skies.
    • No one's entirely sure what happened with the Krakoa incident, either, other than it involved a living island, apparently a whole bunch of mutant life-force, and all those who went there wound up de-aged by a few decades.
  • Older Than They Look: Thanks to the Krakoa incident.
  • Retired Badass: Most of them, though most of them wind up being called out of retirement.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: On behalf of Howard and Maria Stark.
  • Secret Keeper: For the identity of the 'Angel of Cuba' and for a future Harry, who went back in time to the 1960s by accident- though the two could well be one and the same.
    • It's also hinted that they know exactly what happened to Peggy Carter.

Colonel Alexander Summers a.k.a. Havok

The grandfather of Scott Summers and a retired Colonel in the US Army, having served in Vietnam. Like Sean Cassidy, a member of the First Class of X-Men and with the physique of a man in his prime for much the same reason. A candidate for the Shadow Initiative.

  • Badass Grandpa: He's a superhuman with incredibly destructive powers, decades of experience using them, and a Vietnam veteran with a Distinguished Service Cross and a Silver Star, as well as being the grandfather of Scott Summers.
  • Colonel Badass: He earned his rank and he's willing to stand up to freaking Namor.
  • Flying Firepower: Shoots energy blasts and, according to Cassidy, can fly in the right suit.
  • Hot-Blooded: More than happy to settle a decades old grudge with Namor at the drop of a hat.
  • Out of Focus: Of the Shadow Initiative, he gets the least narrative focus.

Agent Sean Cassidy a.k.a. Banshee

See his entry under Other Heroes and Allies

Doctor Hank McCoy

The team doctor of the X-Men, as well as resident team genius, specialising in genetics. Also happens to look like a giant fluffy blue teddy-bear when not wearing an image inducer. While just as friendly as that description implies, he's also capable of mixing it up with monsters and demons when he has to.

  • Badass Teacher: A teacher at the Institute and also capable of tearing demons to pieces.
  • Catch-Phrase: As per usual, "Oh my stars and garters."
  • Cat Person: Sort of.
  • Commander Contrarian: Robustly disagrees with the Professor not telling Harry or Jean about each other, despite knowing full well that he can't because of a predestination paradox. While he accepts this intellectually, he is very unhappy about it.
  • Cultured Badass: As at home with Shakespeare as he is with test tubes and complex mathematical formulae, and as at home with beating up monsters as both.
  • Deadpan Snarker: From time to time, usually to tease Harry.
  • Drinking Contest: With Hagrid and Sean, off-screen, in chapter 68. He either wins or gives Hagrid a very close run for his money - at the very least, they both drink Sean well under the table.
  • The Medic: Serves as this to the X-Men.
  • Nice Guy: Happily signs a copy of one of his articles with a personalised inscription for Hermione, who found it helpful when dealing with her newly manifested magic, and is uncomfortable keeping Harry from Jean.
  • Number Two: To Professor Xavier.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: As comfortable with computers as he is with genetics and the development of mutant powers.
  • Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: Drinks Sean under the table in a Drinking Contest with him and Hagrid at the Hog's Head, and leaves Hagrid somewhat hungover as well.
  • Petting Zoo People: Reminiscent of either a giant teddy bear or a big cat, growling like the latter when particularly irritated.
  • The Smart Guy: For the X-Men, jointly with Professor Xavier.

Raven Xavier a.k.a. Mystique

Shapeshifting mutant, mother of Kurt Wagner, foster-sister of Charles Xavier, and as yet unseen on-screen.



Armando Munoz a.k.a. Darwin

A mutant with the power to adapt to survive. The elder Sebastian Shaw, formerly known as Johann Schmidt, killed him. His death is a large part of why the First Class hate the Hellfire Club so much.



Angel Salvadore

A member of the X-Men who joined up with the Hellfire Club.



Alison 'Ali' Carter

Sister of Peggy Carter. Actually, daughter of Peggy and Steve. Member of the First Class and a good enough friend to the likes of Hank McCoy that she lets him call her Ali.

See her entry under Child of the Storm: Avengers and Associates.

Dr Moira MacTaggert

A scientist and a former CIA Agent, who worked with the First Class of X-Men during the Cuban Missile Crisis.



  • Badass Bookworm: Former CIA Agent and current top scientist.
  • Composite Character: Of her films incarnation and her comics incarnation, having apparently moved to Muir Island at some point in between the First Wizarding War and the present.
  • Refused the Call: Sort of. She turns down Wisdom's approach to work with MI13, but offers Muir Island as a resource/fallback point.

Howard Stark

Father of Tony Stark, helped out the First Class in their battle against the Hellfire Club, before ultimately becoming Xavier's agent in the Hellfire Club, with his wife, Maria Stark. Was ultimately murdered by the Hellfire Club when they caught on.

  • Abusive Parents: Emotionally distant with Tony at the best of times, though possibly this was to protect him as he got involved with the Hellfire Club. This left Tony with epic Daddy Issues.
  • The Alcoholic: He's where Tony inherited his drinking habits from.
  • Daddy Issues: Inflicted them on his son.
  • Marriage of Convenience: To Maria, who was also known as Tessa a.k.a. Sage of the X-Men.
  • The Mole: For Xavier, within the Hellfire Club, playing the part of White King.
  • Odd Friendship: With Magneto, which lasted even through the latter's darkest days, with Howard being one of the people, along with Xavier and Dumbledore, who Magneto went to for help with Wanda when her powers manifested. When Howard was murdered, Magneto was beyond furious.
  • Parental Substitute: To Alison Carter, who in turn played this to Tony.
  • The Smart Guy: A brilliant scientist, nearly as brilliant as his son.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Suggested to be caused first by the loss of Steve, then by the disappearance of Peggy Carter in 1962. As Steve sadly concedes, the Howard he knew and the Howard that Tony knew were very different people.

'The Angel of Cuba'

The mysterious powerhouse of the First Class of X-Men, who fought both Magneto and Namor and gave a good account of himself. Suspected to be a time travelling Harry.

  • Flying Brick: Probably, considering he went up against both Magneto and Namor, the latter a Flying Brick himself, especially likely if it's Harry from the future.
  • Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: Went up against Magneto, Namor, and a tidal wave of the latter's conjuration, and did pretty well.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Because no one knows his real name - or rather, the First Class do, but they're not saying.

     Wolverine 

Logan Howlett a.k.a. Wolverine

The one, the only Wolverine, formerly known as Weapon X. A Living Weapon, he's currently a teacher at the Xavier Institute, though Fury drafts him to protect the President from the Winter Soldier, since he's practically the only one who could do it and survive.


  • The Ageless: He's looked much the same since WWII.
  • Animal Themed Super Being: Though based on the Hugh Jackman incarnation, he's hairy, violent and intensely stubborn.
  • Anti-Hero: As usual.
  • Arch-Enemy: Sabretooth. He has a past with Fenrir Greyback, too-and not a nice one.
  • Audible Sharpness: The (in)famous 'snikt'.
  • Badass Grandpa: He's older than Cap. How much older is unknown.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: As part of the Secret Service, to his discomfort.
  • Berserk Button: Fury presses these to get him to help out by bodyguarding the President.
  • Catch-Phrase: His 'I'm the best there is at what I do' is referenced.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When Harry asks what he teaches, as in the X2: X-Men United, he snarks "Art."
  • Determinator: He'll shrug off just about anything, given the chance.
  • The Dreaded: He makes the Winter Soldier think Oh, Crap! when he hears the infamous 'snikt'.
  • Healing Factor: Famously. It allows him to ultimately shrug off a thermite tipped RPG to the face, though not without some trouble.
  • Knife Fight: Gets into one with the Winter Soldier in chapter 70. It's a dead heat until the Winter Soldier changes the game by blowing him up with an RPG.
  • Mysterious Past: Aside from WWII, he doesn't remember much of it.
  • Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: His first fight with the Winter Soldier, back in 1986. It ended with the Soldier dropping a building on his head.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: On both ends of one: He inspires an Oh, Crap! moment in the Winter Soldier, then has one of these himself when the Winter Soldier pulls out his backup plan.
  • Wolverine Claws: Duh.

     Warren Worthington III 

See his entry under Other Heroes and Allies.

     Lady Betsy Braddock 

See her entry under Other Heroes and Allies.

     Jean Grey 

See her entry under Harry and Friends.

     Scott Summers 

Scott Summers a.k.a. Cyclops

Grandson of Alexander Summers Senior, orphaned in a car crash and raised by his grandfather, before being sent to the Xavier Institute when his powers manifested. Proto team leader of the modern X-Men. A bit uptight. Head over heels in love with Jean.

  • Action Hero: As is occasionally demonstrated.
  • Adorkable: Especially when Jean's around.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: He's utterly devoted to Jean, to the point where Everyone Can See It. Everyone, that is, but the entirely oblivious Jean, who thinks that they're Just Friends. Xavier himself inwardly lampshades the absurdity of the fact that someone as smart and powerful as she is simply hasn't noticed.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Scott is generally described as a pretty kind person with a Big Brother Instinct, but he's also been trained by people like Xavier and Logan. When a particularly dumb classmate made a lewd remark about Jean, Scott told him to back off. Said classmate then asked if he was doing it because Jean was sleeping with him, then said 'damn, how much to get on that action?'. A furious Scott knocked him out with one punch (and then apologised to Jean afterwards).
  • Big Brother Instinct: Has this towards Bobby.
  • Blind Without Them: Not technically blind, but he destroys everything he sees.
  • Broken Ace: He's a serious badass, but his powers mean he can't see without his glasses and he's an orphan.
  • Chick Magnet: To an extent. Carol's noticed his good looks, and Maddie has expressed an interest.
  • Disability Superpower: Famously.
  • Eye Beams: As per usual. These are attested to as being powerful enough to blow up a mountain, and definitely destroy demons by the dozen.
  • Nice Guy: He's a genuinely nice person, if a little uptight, which is why Harry takes a liking to him.
  • Stronger Than They Look: He's tall and slim (hence his famous nickname), but that slimness isn't so much skinny as lean, and as Jean notes, years of Danger Room training from Logan mean that he's got one hell of a right hook.

     Bobby Drake 

Robert 'Bobby' Drake a.k.a. Iceman

A small 11 year old with powers he's terrified of and a Big Brother Bully to contend with, he enters the story in chapter 58 as a profoundly unhappy little boy. Unknown to everyone else, he's an Omega Class mutant. The youngest of the X-Men, his powers flaring out of control is the trigger for the events of chapters 59 and 60 and, indirectly, for the Winter Soldier's Heel–Face Turn.

  • Adaptational Badass: Very few versions of the character have shown the levels of power that he does, if admittedly uncontrolled, and those that do don't show that kind of power until adulthood.
  • An Ice Person: Literally, at one point, leading Uhtred to mistake him for "a very small Frost Giant." He can shift forms at will and controls ice and, it would seem, snow.
  • Badass Adorable: He's a small, sweet 11 year old who accidentally triggers what even Thor thinks is an impressively powerful storm (though his powers are being controlled by a Genius Loci), is able to create ice harder than steel and freeze giant werewolves in their tracks, all with a broken arm. He shows his abilities in combat under his own control in the finale of Book I, and does rather well.
  • The Chick: Both to Harry and his friends and to the X-Men.
  • Children Are Innocent: A lot of things go over his head.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: See The Woobie.
  • Distressed Dude: On his first appearance. In the finale of the first book, he's determined not to be this trope, not to need protecting.
  • Expy: In a number of respects, of Elsa, to the point where he's told by his well-meaning father to 'conceal, don't feel' and his powers fully manifest on an icy mountain.
  • In Harmony with Nature: Specifically, part of it is in harmony with him.
  • Kid Hero: He's only 11/12.
  • Living MacGuffin: To the point where chapters 59 and 60 are a fight between HYDRA, who've pulled out all the stops, and Harry and his friends post temporary Plot-Relevant Age-Up, over him. Partly justified because he's an Omega Class mutant, a very rare kind of being indeed, and it's even rarer that one is vulnerable and both Xavier and Magneto are distracted/unable to get involved.
  • Physical God: As an Omega Class mutant, he's got the potential for this, as the mountain spirit demonstrates.
  • Power Incontinence: Chapters 59 and 60 feature a spectacular case of this.
    • In chapter 1 of Ghosts of the Past where, when a little over-enthusiastic in a game of pool volley-ball with powers, he freezes the entire pool. Thanks to Jean-Paul, no one gets hurt.
  • Protectorate: Harry immediately steps in to protect him when he sees that he's being bullied, and thanks to his Bully Hunter tendencies, humiliates Bobby's older brother - though this sort of backfires.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In chapter 76, when he wields his powers in combat by himself.
  • The Woobie: When he first turns up. He's got powers that he can't hope to control that he's constantly told with the best intentions to repress (literally, 'to conceal, don't feel') by his father, while his mother's in denial and refuses to acknowledge what's happening, and he consequently loses control of, he's got a Big Brother Bully who torments him out of fear, ultimately breaking his arm, and then he's hunted by HYDRA, who want to make him a Living Weapon under their control. Thankfully, a sympathetic Mountain Spirit steps in, guiding him to safety, as do Harry and his friends, and after it's all over, a recovered Charles Xavier arrives to enrol him at the Xavier Institute.

     Storm 

Ororo Munroe a.k.a. Storm

One of the most powerful members of the X-Men, part of the Senior Faculty at the Institute and resident Team Mom. A lovely, elegant and cultured woman, she is nevertheless one of the last people you want to cross.

  • Badass Teacher: Part of the Xavier Institute faculty and one of its most powerful members.
  • Cultured Badass: According to Word of God.
  • The Ghost: Only appears in passing in Child of the Storm, finally appearing properly in Ghosts of the Past.
  • Lady of War: Beautiful, graceful, and absolutely deadly.
  • Mystical White Hair: As per usual.
  • Team Mom: Her first substantive appearance is consoling Lorna after the latter found out about being made an Unperson by Essex.
  • Weather Manipulation: Her highly formidable power set. She's not quite an Omega Class being, but like Xavier, she's close enough that practically speaking, it makes no difference.

     Noriko 

Noriko Ashida a.k.a. Surge

One of the Red Room's superhuman prisoners. A sarcastic and outspoken electrokinetic, her time as a prisoner hasn't damped her defiance.



  • Blessed with Suck: As per canon, her powers have to be regulated by her gauntlets.
  • The Cynic: Like her canon counterpart.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her response to Carol asking if she can channel lightning is an immediate, "Do I look like Thor?" Carol being Carol, she's got a salvo of snark of her own.
  • Hot-Blooded: Carol, who's no slouch in this department, observes that she has a very bad temper.
  • Made of Iron: Manages to channel a considerable amount of lightning through herself into Carol's shield and not suffer anything more than unconsciousness and mild scorching.
  • Nerves of Steel: Keeps her head in the face of the rampaging Blob!Dudley, which considering he was in the process of beating the crap out of Nezhno, is saying something.
  • Only Sane Man: Is incredulous at Harry and Carol's tendency to banter and/or flirt at the most in-opportune of moments.
  • Power Limiter: Wears a potentially lethal one, like the others.
  • Shock and Awe: An electrokinetic who can channel a very respectable amount of lightning into Carol's shield.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: With Carol. She does better than most people.
  • Sour Supporter: She snipes at, and pokes holes in, Carol's plans at every opportunity, remarking that the only ways anyone gets out of the Red Room are in a uniform or a coffin, but she does grudgingly go along with them.
  • Unperson: Like Lorna.

     Lorna 

Lorna Dane a.k.a. Polaris

One of the Red Room's superhuman prisoners in Ghosts of the Past. Has magnetic powers, and is suspected by Carol to be the daughter or granddaughter of Magneto. This suspicion is confirmed by way of magical DNA test in chapter 11.



  • Adaptational Nationality: In this 'verse, she's Australian.
  • Age Lift: Sort of. Her canon counterpart is broadly of an age with the original Five X-Men, maybe a few years younger, and that broadly fits (save for Beast, who's in his sixties at least), but she's also of an age with a lot of the canon Young X-Men.
  • Badass Family: Judging by her powers and the brief mention in Child of the Storm, she is most certainly a part of one of these.
  • Break the Cutie: While imprisonment by the Red Room didn't quite manage it, finding out that Sinister pulled a telepathic Unperson on her to cover his tracks, meaning that her own mother doesn't remember her did.
  • Luke I Am Your Sister: Since Chapter 11, magical DNA testing confirms she's Wanda's much younger half-sister.
  • Magnetism Manipulation: Her main power. It's what makes Carol correctly suspect that her family tree is far more interesting than previously believed.
  • Nice Girl: Friendly, sweet, and tries to gently break it to Carol that her friend, Harry, won't come back from his visit to 'the Beast'. As it turns out, she's 100% wrong about this, but it's an understandable assumption.
  • Power Glows: Hers glows, appropriately, lime green.
  • Power Limiter: Wears a potentially lethal one, like the others.
  • Shock and Awe: She can't generate electricity, but she can channel it, helping Noriko pour a respectable amount of lightning into Carol's shield.
  • Strong, but Unskilled: Starts out as this, though between what the Red Room have taught her, and the considerably kinder tutelage of her father, she's getting to be fairly capable.
  • Unperson: Courtesy of Sinister.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Courtesy of Sinister, no one in Australia remembers her. Her own mother forgot she had a daughter and thought that someone was playing a tasteless joke on her when Lorna got into contact. No wonder she starts crying. Thankfully, Xavier and Maddie are able to undo this.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green in this case, as per canon.

     Nezhno 

Nezhno Abidemi a.k.a. Gentle

One of the Red Room's superhuman prisoners. Quiet, tattooed, half-Wakanda, half Russian, and has Super Strength.



  • The Big Guy: For the Red Room prisoners, being by far the strongest physically, capable of mixing it up with 'the Beast' Blob!Dudley.
  • Eye Scream: Dudley goes for his eyes in their brutal brawl.
  • Gentle Giant: Carol observes that he's got a gentle vibe. This, unfortunately, doesn't help against 'the Beast' who, though Unskilled, but Strong, is vicious, doesn't hold back, and at least knows how to cause pain.
  • Power Limiter: Wears a potentially lethal one, like the others.
  • The Quiet One: Like his canon counterpart, he doesn't say much.
  • Super Strength: He's strong enough to match 'the Beast' a.k.a. Blob!Dudley, who Thor estimates to be on Volstagg's level, or thereabouts.
  • Unperson: Like Lorna.

     Jono 

Jonothon Starsmore a.k.a. Chamber

Bloody hell!

One of the Red Room's prisoners, though more science experiment than Super Soldier in waiting, since his powers blew open his chest cavity. British, snarky, and somewhat telepathic, he and Carol - perhaps unsurprisingly - get on rather well.



  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Nicer than his canon counterpart by some way.
  • Adorkable: Usually where Maddie is concerned.
  • Big Brother Instinct: To the rest of the prisoners, since by implication he's the oldest.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Bloody hell!", to the point where it's his folder quote. When Maddie wonders over his regular usage of it, he points out - accurately - that he's a lot of reason to do so.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Frequently, though more gently than Noriko, calling Gambit 'the walking cliché'. It's a large part of why Carol takes to him.
    • Does so even more after his physical body is killed and he teams up with Maddie, the two developing a Straight Man and Wise Guy dynamic.
  • Energy Being: Probably. He might be The Needless. Certainly, Sinister finds him interesting. Becomes one after the Beast snaps his neck and spine. Then goes back into a physical body, because being an Energy Being means that he's distinctly vulnerable to certain kinds of attacks.
  • Male Gaze: Even energy beings are, apparently, prone to this, with it being directed at Maddie's butt. She teases him about it in the most deadpan fashion possible.
  • Neck Snap: On the receiving end in chapter 10 when Dudley wrings his neck.
  • The Needless: He doesn't actually need to eat. After the above incident, it's mentioned that breathing is just a habit.
  • The Nick Namer: Prone to giving people nicknames - pre Face Turn Maddie is 'Death in Black Trousers', Gambit is 'The Walking Cliche', Strange is the 'Scary Bugger Supreme' and 'Doctor Frankenstein', Essex is 'Sinister', and Lily/the Phoenix is a 'Cosmic Whatsit'.
  • Odd Friendship: Winds up bonding with Maddie, who'd previously been the chief minion of the man who had him kidnapped in the first place. It helps that she's just executed a Heel–Face Turn and that, practically speaking, she was as much a victim as he was.
  • Power Limiter: He's wearing one, though it doesn't really do much, owing to his odd biology.
  • Psychic Powers: Though he only really demonstrates telepathy (in order to communicate) and possibly energy blasts, since it's mentioned he's being trained for combat, he's potentially got a lot more.
    • He's also able to shrug off the psychic fallout of Harry and Maddie's psychic battle royale, which he remarks is one of the 'benefits of a psionic constitution.'
  • Required Secondary Powers: If he didn't have them, he'd be dead. As it turns out, they keep him alive even after he's physically dead.
  • Ship Tease: With Maddie.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: The Wise Guy to Maddie's Straight Woman.
  • Telepathy: Though he can only use it to talk, at least to begin with.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After two weeks of Maddie's tutelage, he goes from a helpless blob of energy barely able to communicate, having previously been limited to energy blasts, to being able to make his astral form solid (and therefore communicate verbally), fire energy blasts, and phase, with similar effects to Psylocke's psychic weapons when he passes through someone - which allows him to No-Sell Blob!Dudley's attack, then take him out with a simple punch through the brain in their rematch.
  • Verbal Tic: 'Luv', like Betsy.

     Kurt 

Kurt Wagner a.k.a. Nightcrawler

One of the Red Room's superhuman prisoners. Despite his circumstances, he's cheerful and upbeat.



  • Adorkable: As per usual, responding to being informed that Jean is responsible for blocking the Psychic Static with a surprisingly courtly bow.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He gets a couple of memorable lines, particularly when he gets nervous.
  • Extra Dimensional Shortcut: How his teleportation works.
  • Nice Guy: He's very sweet, and Carol takes an instant liking to him as a result. When he's noted as being the only Red Room prisoner who's physically unscathed by their ordeal, it's also noted that his immediate response is to fret about the others.
  • Power Limiter: Wears a potentially lethal one, like the others.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: His main power.
  • Unperson: Like Lorna.

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